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Day 1: Thursday November 2, 2017

15:00 - 16:00 Registration
16:15 - 16:35 Opening Remarks
16:35 - 16:45 Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities
Art Eggleton, Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
16:45 - 17:15 A Caregiver’s Reflection on Music and Dementia (Cello Recital)
David Hetherington
17:15 - 18:00 Secrets of Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging
Dilip V. Jeste (University of California)
18:00 - 19:00 Monster in the Mind
Film maker, Jean Carper, examines the irrational fear, drug failures,
misconceptions and hidden facts about Alzheimer's

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19:00 - 19:15

Question & Answer Session

19:15 Opening Reception

Day 2: Friday November 3, 2017

07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 - 08:45 Is the Risk for Alzheimer's and Dementia on the Decline?: Epidemiological Evidence from Around the World
Kenneth Langa (University of Michigan)
08:45 - 09:30 Schizophrenia, Aging and Cognitive Impairment
Dilip Jeste V. Jeste (University of California)
09:30 - 10:00 Alzheimer Drug Discovery, Past, Present and Future
Howard Chertkow (McGill University)
10:00 - 10:30 Nutrition Break
Parallel Session 1
Clinical Care
Parallel Session 2
Research Updates

Caregivers: Characteristics, Experiences and Evidence-Based Approaches to Supporting Caregivers 
Dallas Seitz (Queen's University)

Corticobasal Syndrome, Progressive
Supranuclear Palsy and Huntington's Disease

Mario Masellis (University of Toronto) 
11:00 Extraordinary Steps: What Is Unique About Falls and Falls Prevention in Advanced Dementia
Andrea Iaboni (University of Toronto)
Posterior Cortical Atrophy
David Tang-Wai (University of Toronto)
11:30 Safe Patient / Safe Staff: Optimizing the Care of Hospitalized Elderly with Co-Morbid Dementia
Lesley Wiesenfeld (Univeristy of Toronto)
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Carmela Tartaglia
12:00 Lunch
  Parallel Session 3
Dementia Updates
Parallel Session 4
Basic Sciences or Therapeutics
13:30 Symposium on Integrating Ethical, Legal and Clinical Best Practices Associated with Sexual Expression in Dementia
Ann M. Heesters (University of Toronto)

Lori Schindel Martin (Ryerson University)

Judith A. Wahl, BA, LLB
The Future of Dementia Care: Socially Assistive Robots that Can Help Provide Care (AGE-WELL)
Goldie Nejat (University of Toronto)
14:00 Dementia, Frailty and Social Vulnerability: An Update from the CCNA
Melissa K. Andrew (Dalhousie University)
14:30 Driving Cessation and Dementia: An Intervention Framework and Toolkit (CCNA)
Gary Naglie (University of Toronto)
15:00 - 15:30 Nutrition Break
15:30 - 16:00 Brain Aging and Its Modifiers: Predictors of Cognitive Impairment and Resilience
Susan Resnick
16:00 - 16:30

Identification and Treatment of Vascular Risk Factors to Reduce Dementia Risk

Charles DeCarli (University of California)
16:30 - 17:00 Biomarkers for the Dementias: Are We Ready and Can We Afford Precision Medicine?
Sandra E. Black (University of Toronto)
19:30 Gala Dinner

Day 3: Saturday November 4, 2017

07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 - 08:30 Can we be Optimistic? The Global State of Dementia Planning and Why a Global Dementia Observatory is of Value to You
Saskia Sivananthan (World Health Organization)
08:30 The Fountain of Health Initiative: An Unique Canadian Strategy to Promote Brain Health and Resilience
Keri-Leigh Cassidy (Dalhousie University)
09:00 Debate: Medical Assistance in Dying Should be Available to Incapable Patients who, when Capable, Requested It Through a Rigorous Process of Advance Consent
Con: James Downar (University of Toronto)
Pro: Shanaaz Gokool
10:15 - 10:30 Nutrition Break
10:30 - 11:40 Concurrent Workshops - Session 1
11:40 - 12:40 New and Notable
12:40 - 13:45 Lunch and Poster Viewing
13:45 - 15:00 Concurrent Workshops - Session 2

The following workshops, except where indicated differently below, will run concurrently from 10:30 to 11:40 and again from 13:45 to 15:00.


1 Challenging Cases in Palliative Care in Dementia
Paige Moorhouse (Dalhousie University)
James Downar (University of Toronto)
2 An Approach to Rapidly Progressive Dementias
David F. Tang-Wai (University of Toronto)
3 Beyond Cognitive Enhancers: Practical Tips to Optimize Medications for Persons with Dementia in Primary Care
Linda Lee (McMaster University)
Tejal Patel (University of Waterloo)
4 Sexuality and Dementia: Ensuring Best Practice in Long-Term Care 
Lori Schindel Martin (Ryerson University)
5 Guiding, Abiding and Occasionally Deciding: Ethical Supports in Caring for Those with Dementia
Ann M. Heesters (University of Toronto)
Kevin Rodrigues
6 The Collaborative Approach to Managing Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia
James Chau
Lisa Van Bussell (University of Western Ontario)
Monica Bretzlaff
Shannon Cadieux
7 Solving the Mystery of Misfolded Protein – Join Us for a Game of Clue (Who, How, Where) with Professors Alzheimer, Lewy and Pick
Sandra E. Black (University of Toronto)
Benjamin Lam
8 A Wandering Detection and Diversion System
Frank Knoefel (Carleton University & University of Ottawa)
Nathalie Bier (Université de Montréal)
Lili Liu (University of Alberta)
9 The Neurological Assessment of the Dementia Patient
Sara Mitchell 
10A The Fountain of Health Initiative: An Unique Canadian Strategy to Promote Brain Health and Resilience
Beverley Cassidy (Dalhousie University)
Linda Gobessi
Kiran Rabheru (University of Ottawa)
11A A Measure of Success: Approaches to Tracking Behavioural Symptoms in Dementia
Andrea Iaboni (University of Toronto)
Zahinoor Ismail (University of Calgary)
10B Sex and Gender: Impact on Dementia Risk, Diagnosis, and Management
Mary C. Tierney (University of Toronto)
Ashley Curtis
11B Driving Assessment in Dementia
Gary Naglie (University of Toronto)
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